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Horizon Family Medical Group Receives 2016 HIMSS Davies Award

November 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Horizon Family Medical Group (HFMG), a large network of ambulatory care providers in Orange County, New York, has been named a 2016 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award of Excellence recipient.

Editor’s Notes: Thinking about “The Genius In All of Us”—and MDs’ Current Challenges

November 16, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
I’ve been absorbed lately in an intriguing book called “The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong”—and thinking about its conclusions in the context of the current moment in healthcare

San Diego MDs Leverage Technology, Services to Serve Vulnerable Patients’ Needs

November 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
At North County Health Services, a federally qualified health center organization in the San Diego area, physician leaders are leveraging technology and contracted services to expand their vulnerable patients’ access to specialist expertise

What Do Physicians Need to Transition to Value-Based Care?

October 31, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
The ongoing transition from volume-based to value-based payment and care delivery models has been a monumental industry-wide effort over the past few years, but there are many indicators that the pace of change has been slow, according to a Deloitte report.

At The HIT Summit-Washington, DC, a Robust View of Population Health

October 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
A lively discussion ensued at the Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C., when panelists parsed the meanings and complexities of the population health concept—and considered challenges around data usability and physician culture

CMS Expands Opportunities for Docs to Qualify as Advanced APMs under MACRA

October 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced new opportunities for clinicians to join advanced alternative payment models (APMs) under the Quality Payment Program created through MACRA.

CNIOs Go Strategic

October 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
With new needs around population health and clinical transformation, the top nurse informaticist role—that of CNIO—is becoming more important than ever, launching CNIOs into newer and more executive roles than ever before.

The MACRA Final Rule: More Options for MDs, More To-Do’s for IT Leaders

October 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
Initial responses to the release of the MACRA final rule have mostly been positive—and in any case point to more to-do’s on the to-do lists of healthcare IT leaders

Healthcare Associations, Stakeholders Respond to MACRA Finalized Rule with Cautious Hopefulness

October 17, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
The initial reaction from healthcare stakeholders to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Final Rule was one of cautious optimism.

BREAKING: CMS Officials Unveil Highlights of New MACRA Quality Payment Program In a Press Conference

October 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
article
After unveiling the new Quality Payment Program under MACRA on the CMS website, the agency’s Acting Administrator and its CMO shared with the press their comments on the program's highlights; meanwhile, Farzad Mostashari, M.D. offered his initial thoughts

A First Look at the MACRA Final Rule

October 14, 2016  |  David Raths
article
Following a brief review of the 2,398-page MACRA Final Rule released Oct. 14, here is a first look at some of the key changes between the proposed and final rule and the rationales CMS offered for its decisions.

Can Medicare ACOs Learn from Commercial ACOs?

October 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
It was fascinating to read a new analysis from Commonwealth Fund researchers that looked at differences between commercial and government-sponsored ACOs in terms of making progress in key areas around accountable care development

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